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When Craig Pawson blows his whistle to start tonight’s game at Aston Villa it will be the first time he’s refereed a Burnley game since our 1-1 draw at Wolves on that hot Sunday back in August 2019.

On that occasion he gave Wolves a penalty deep into stoppage time. I’m still baffled as to why Peter Bankes on VAR didn’t overrule him.

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It wasn’t the first time we’ve had a controversial game with Pawson. Ashley Barnes will remember the Brighton v Burnley game in 2011 when he was the second Brighton player to be sent off in the opening minutes of the game. Either side of that he’d had awful games when we played Burton and Millwall. He turned the home game against Middlesbrough at Christmas into a nonsense with more cards than most people have delivered while more recently it was Antonio Conte who was most upset with him when we beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the 2017/18 season although I don’t think he’d much option on that occasion.

The Sheffield based official has become one of our most experienced referees who now rarely gets domestic games outside of the Premier League with seven of his eight domestic games this season in the top flight with one in the Championship.

Those eight games have brought 24 yellow cards, eight of them in the one game between Arsenal and Leicester a the Emirates back in October. Fourteen of those cards have gone to home team players with ten to away team players. Although he’s handed out two red cards in European games this season, one in the Nations League and one in the Europa League, no player has seen his red card in England since Everton’s Fabian Delph in their 3-2 win at the beginning of February last year.

His last game was Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Wolves eleven days ago. There were two yellow cards in that game, to Liverpool’s Nico Williams and João Moutinho from Wolves.

Lee Mason is on fourth official duties tonight. He’s refereed us twice already this season at Leicester and Manchester City and will referee next Monday’s home game against Wolves. Jon Moss will be on VAR; his last Burnley game was the final game of last season at home against Brighton.

Match Officials

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis & Richard West
Fourth Official: Lee Mason
VAR: Jon Moss
Assistant VAR: Simon Long

Previous Burnley Games – Craig Pawson

SeasonOpponentsVResYRBurnley Players Carded
2011/12Burtonh6-340Y: Grant, Elliott
2011/12Brightona1-032Y: Edgar, Paterson
2012/13Millwallh2-280Y: Marney, Mee, Wallace, Vokes
2013/14Blackburnh1-141Y: Marney, Duff, Mee
2014/15Swanseaa0-130Y: Duff
2014/15Arsenala0-310Y: Boyd
2014/15Tottenhama2-430Y: Keane, Arfield
2016/17Middlesbroughh1-0110Y: Boyd, Mee, Flanagan, Ward, Gray, Hendrick
2016/17Liverpoola1-240Y: Mee, Barton
2017/18Chelseaa3-272Y: Brady, Mee, Arfield
2018/19Chelseah0-460Y: Tarkowski, Hendrick, Brady, Guðmundsson
2018/19Newcastlea0-240Y: Mee, Hendrick, Crouch
2019/20Wolvesa1-120Y: Tarkowski, Lennon
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